A Laurinburg man has been charged with a felony in the death of his girlfriend, who was killed when a passenger train hit their car at a railroad crossing in Cary, authorities said today.
Benny Derrick Dimery, 24, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 2 death of 21-year-old Lauren Webb, also of Laurinburg, according to Cary Police Lt. Joe Clifton, the department watch commander.
Witnesses say Dimery attempted to drive around lowered crossing arms near Old Apex Road when the passenger side of his Mitsubishi Galant was struck by an Amtrak train, which was traveling at an estimated speed of 55 mph.
Dimery could face 33 to 41 months in prison for the felony charge, WRAL reported. Clifton could not confirm what sentence the charge carries.
Dimery was taken to WakeMed Hospitals in Raleigh following the accident, but is expected to recover. Webb died instantly.
More than 200 passengers were on the train, which did not derail and resumed its path about three hours later.
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